The West Wing

Season 3 Episode 8

The Women of Qumar

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • The Federal Water Pollution Control Amendments were passed in 1972. The amendments known as the Clean Water Act where passed in 1977.

    • Mary Louise Parker appears for the first time as Amy Gardner, but is isn't the first time she and Bradley Whitford appear on the screen together. They both played in the movie The Client.

    • Qumar is not a real country.

  • Quotes

    • Josh: How am I not supposed to call you a hypocrite when you say that the government shouldn't tell women what to do with their bodies?
      Amy: Exercise some self control, I guess. Prostitution is about the subjugation of women by men for profit.
      Josh: But the profit goes to the women.
      Amy: In some cases. But I know of no little girl, and neither do you, who says "I want to be a prostitute when I grow up."

    • Leo: A national seat-belt law is never gonna happen.
      Sam: Why?
      Leo: What's the most important state in the primaries?
      Sam: New Hampshire.
      Leo: What's the most important state in the general?
      Sam: Michigan.
      Leo: What's the only state without a mandatory seat-belt law?
      Sam: New Hampshire.
      Leo: And where do they make the cars?
      Sam: (giving in) Fair enough.

    • Josh: I just came from seeing Amy Gardner.
      C.J.: Yeah? How'd it go?
      Josh: I showed her who's boss.
      C.J.: Who'd it turn out to be?
      Josh: It's still unclear.

    • Donna: You think if you make prostitution legal, the prostitutes are suddenly going to want everybody to know they're prostitutes?
      Josh: Hm.
      Donna: What?
      Josh: The rare valid point.

    • Bartlet: Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity. You can't sue the king. We brought it over from England.
      Sam: Yeah, but he's not immune from the court of public opinion.
      Bartlet: Forgot to bring that one over.

    • C.J.: The point is that Apartheid was an East Hampton clambake compared to what we laughingly refer to as the "life" these women lead, and if we had sold M1-A1s to South Africa 15 years ago, you'd have set the building on fire. Thank God we never needed to refuel in Johannesberg!

    • C.J. (on being criticized for her lobbying about Qumar): If I were living in Qumar, I wouldn't be allowed to say, "Shove it up your ass, Toby." But since I'm not, shove it up your ass, Toby.

    • C.J.: Three weeks ago a woman in Qumar was executed for adultery. She didn't need a lawyer 'cause there wasn't any trial. It was her husband's word against hers. . . . Later today I'm going to be announcing that we're selling them tanks and guns.

    • C.J. (on hiding a possible mad cow outbreak): I don't know how many more times we can get caught keeping a secret.
      Leo: Sometimes that's what we're supposed to do.

    • Bartlet: I'm starting you out with a copy of the speech George Perkins March used in 1845 to rouse the agricultural community of Rutland, Vermont. Then you're going to need to study the word "ecology" as coined by the German biologist Ernst Heikl.
      Charlie: Am I being punished for something?

    • Bartlet: Go and apologize to C.J. for whatever you did.
      Toby: I didn't do anything.
      Bartlet: Like that matters.

  • Notes

    • Additional Credit: Washington D.C. Production Services by Thinkfilm, Inc.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      Allison Janney won the 2002 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode

      Mary-Louise Parker was nominated for the 2002 Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in this episode and in "H. Con-172"

      This episode along with several others from the season won the 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series (Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, John Wells, Kevin Falls, Alex Graves, Christopher Misiano, Michael Hissrich, Kristin Harms, Llewellyn Wells)

    • Mary Louise Parker starts her recurring role as Amy Gardner.

  • Allusions